Anambra: Hospital will perform free open heart surgery for less privileged

A newly built hospital, Dame Irene Okwuosa Memorial Hospital in collaboration with Voom Foundation USA is performing free open heart surgery for less privileged Nigerians.

The gesture, according to the hospital management, is aimed at all Nigerian citizens according to their ethnic, tribal and religious placement.

The hospital, built by the Sir Emeka Okwuosa Foundation, is located in the Oraifite Community of Ekwusigo Local Government in Anambra State.

As we learned, the free exercise will take place between May 2 and May 14, 2022.

Divulging this to reporters on Friday, shortly after a tour of the facility with media representatives to ensure readiness, Foundation founder Sir Emeka Ekwuosa, Engr. Emeka Ekwuosa, said the gesture was aimed at helping less privileged Nigerians who suffer from heart disease and cannot afford to travel to India or other advanced countries for treatment.

According to Engr. Ekwuosa, who was represented on the tour by Sir Oselloka Offoh, the Foundation’s media and community engagement manager, noted that around 20 patients are already booked for the exercise.

He said the operation will be performed by qualified medical personnel in Nigeria at different tertiary health facilities and doctors from the United States of America.

He commended the Foundation’s partners for investing heavily in health care and raising the level of health in the Southeast.

Offoh, added that the hospital will give hope to the people of the Oraifite community, resident of Anambra and Nigeria in general.

According to him, both foundations are aiming to perform open heart surgery this year 2022. And Voom foundation is partnering with Sir Emeka Okwuosa foundation as they believe that everyone regardless of social class should benefit quality health care. These organizations are changing the face of the healthcare system in Nigeria where intensive care, surgeries can be very affordable for everyone be it Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa and other ethnic groups in the country.

“The facility will soon be transformed into a teaching hospital capable of training young medical professionals in Nigeria,” he said.

For his part, the director of the hospital, Dr. Aghomishe Aherosule Ogaga, said the Dame Irene Okwuosa Memorial Hospital will be the first hospital in the Southeast with modern Catlab medical machines for surgery.

“The hospital also has all the medical facilities to deal with other health issues that usually compel Nigerian business and political leaders to leave the country for a medical check-up.

Dr Ogaga said the hospital is currently partnering with Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital in Nnewi and Federal Medical Center in Asaba, Delta State to attract wide patronage.